Tom Lin, President, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Tom Lin was commissioned as the eighth president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA on August 10, 2016, the first full president to be chosen from InterVarsity staff. Tom served with InterVarsity/USA from 1994 to 2001, planting new student chapters at Harvard University and Boston University, developing new national fundraising strategies, and designing national training for InterVarsity staff.
From 2002 to 2006, Tom helped establish an evangelical student movement in Mongolia and served as the country director for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Mongolia. Tom and his family moved back to the US in 2006, settling in St. Louis to become Regional Director of InterVarsity’s Central Region. From 2011 to 2016, he served as Vice President of Missions and Director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference.
From 2005 to 2014, Tom served as a trustee and vice-chair of the board of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and has also served on the boards of Missio Nexus and Leadership & Legacy Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of Fuller Theological Seminary, the Crowell Trust, and the Lausanne movement. Tom is the author of Pursuing God’s Call (2012) and Losing Face, Finding Grace (1996), as well as co-editor of the Urbana Onward book series (2012), and a contributor to Still Evangelical (2018), all published by InterVarsity Press. Tom is also a contributor to Uncommon Ground (2020), published by Thomas Nelson. He has a BA in Economics from Harvard University and holds an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Tom, his wife Nancy, and their two daughters live in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Stephanie Summers is a co-author with Washington Post columnist Michael J. Gerson and Katie Thompson of Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice (Falls City Press). A frequent speaker and moderator, she has written on the role of Christian think tanks and for publications including Comment and Q Ideas. Ms. Summers is a recipient of the inaugural Duke Divinity Reflective Leadership Award. Ms. Summers also serves as a Trustee of Eastern University, where she received her M.S. in Nonprofit Management. Prior to her appointment at the Center, she spent 12 years with the CCO, where her roles included Vice President for the Eastern Region and Vice President for Organizational Development. Stephanie began her career in nonprofit administration as executive director of The Open Door, a church-based youth center in Pittsburgh, PA. She and her husband, Jason E. Summers, are residents of the District of Columbia.
Rev. Dr. Reginald T. W. Nichols has served as a senior educational executive, international and global program initiator, community service practitioner, and fund development professional in the United States and worldwide for the past 40 years. He currently serves as President and Senior Consultant at Diamond Consulting Group, which is committed to Increasing organizational dexterity through organizational/leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion coaching and training, and fund development.
Dr. Reginald T.W. Nichols has served at various higher education institutions and K-12 education and non-profit and church-related organizations in Texas, Mississippi, Oregon, and California. Born in Belgium and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Nichols received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Doctor of Education degree in Organization and Leadership – International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. He was also selected and served as a W.K. Kellogg International Leadership Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, and a New Leadership Academy Fellow with the University of Michigan. In addition, he has worked with Caribbean, Latin American, and South African leaders to increase leadership and organizational effectiveness and diversity for those in underserved communities. He has received numerous awards for his leadership, education, community service, and ministry throughout the country, including a resolution from the City of San Antonio, TX, and Huntsville, AL. He has also been a consultant, guest speaker, lecturer, and panelist for several universities, churches, and organizations worldwide. He has also served on numerous boards and state and national advisory boards and committees.
Dr. Nichols is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) certified Qualified Administrator, DiSC Assessment – Certified Trainer and Administrator, and a certified administrator for the Organizational Culture Inventory (OCI) and Organizational Effectiveness Inventory (OEI). He has also received certification in fund development from the Indiana School of Philanthropy’s Fund Raising School.
Dr. Nichols is an ordained minister and has served in Presbyterian and United Methodist churches in New York, California, and Texas. He is married to Vanessa and is the father of four adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.
John Ranheim has nearly 20 years of experience working with organizations, leaders, and teams to fulfill their mission through effective fundraising strategies. His professional experience includes roles in annual giving, major donor development, and planned giving in higher education, politics, and non-profit sectors. Most recently, while serving as Vice President of Advancement at Covenant Theological Seminary, John led fundraising for the institution including, annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and their capital campaigns.
John serves on the board of advisors for multiple organizations and loves finding ways of connecting donor passions with the needs of advancing the gospel. He is a frequent speaker on stewardship and fundraising and is the past chair of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) national conference serving development professionals in theological higher education. In addition, John serves as an elder at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church.
John earned a B.A. in Communications from Whitworth University and an M.Div. in Theology from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Chesterfield Missouri and have 4 amazing boys. As a native of Seattle, John enjoys running, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors with his family.
Alexandra Scuro is a Philanthropic Strategist in the National Consulting and Advisory Practice at Bank of America based in New York City. She has been with the Philanthropic Solutions group since 2012. In her role, Alexandra provides guidance to individuals, families, foundations, and public charities through all aspects of their work in order to help them maximize their impact in the charitable sector. Her client engagement includes helping to devise and implement strategic planning processes, to define or refine giving or fundraising strategies, and to implement best practices in governance. She also creates new thought leadership that addresses emerging trends in philanthropy.
Prior to joining Bank of America, Alexandra was the Finance Manager at The American Place Theatre and a Fellow at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. Alexandra attended the Honors Program at the University of Florida as a National Merit Scholar and graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and history. She received a Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law where she also earned the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, magna cum laude, for over 500 hours of pro bono and community work while in law school. Alexandra is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, a designation she received from The American College in 2017.
Since 2017, Alexandra has served as Communications Chair of the New York City Chapter of Bank of America’s My Environment program, and since 2018, she has served as Vice President of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council in New York City. In February 2020, she was elected to the board of the Wild Bird Fund, the only wildlife rehabilitation and education center in NYC.
Alexandra is an avid volunteer mainly focused on food access, the arts, and environmental conservation and has been named to Bank of America Community Volunteer Honor Roll annually from 2013 to 2019.
Hal Gatewood is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch. A third generation financial advisor & a Vanderbilt University graduate in Math & Economics, he began working at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 1998, and has earned the Certified Financial Planner™ certification. Focusing on assisting business owners, executives and their families, as well as 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, Hal helps individuals determine long-term financial goals and implement customized investment strategies. Hal also enjoys helping clients focus on estate planning issues and works with their advisors in developing their estate plans. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Hal and his wife, Tabitha, have four children and live in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Brad earned his undergraduate degree (marketing) from Florida State University in 1995, his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Florida College of Law in 1998, and his Masters in Taxation (LL.M.) from the University of Miami School of Law in 2000.
In addition to his successful law practice, Brad is also the Founder and active President of a separate charitable planned giving consulting firm, Effectual Giving, LLC. Effectual Giving, LLC services the planned giving needs of universities, Christian faith-based charities, hospital systems, specialized local government entities, as well as philanthropic families, professional athletes & public figures.
Brad’s current volunteer service includes: (i) member of the Florida State University Foundation, Inc.
Planned Giving Advisory Council in Tallahassee, Florida; (ii) member of the Board of Directors for Charitable Gift Planners of Central Florida. Brad is also an active member of his local church, Riverbend Community Church, and volunteer with various local Christian ministries.
Most importantly, Brad has been happily married for over 16 years to his incredible wife, Cindy, and together they are raising their four wonderful children, Bryce, Owen, Joel and Daisy.
Brad Layland, CEO, first learned the principles and practices of Taking Donors Seriously® as a college student in 1993, while seeking to raise personal support as a part-time staff member for Young Life. Over the course of 20 years at Young Life, he developed his passion for and expertise in relational fundraising, to the point where he was asked to train other area directors around the country, and eventually became the Chief Development Officer for the entire organization.
Brad joined The FOCUS Group in 2012 as a Senior Consultant and became the owner and CEO in 2015. In 2013, he launched the Taking Donors Seriously® e-learning and coaching program to make the firm’s expertise accessible to individuals and smaller nonprofits.
Brad’s expertise providing high level fundraising counsel to nonprofit organizations incorporates major donor strategies, training workshops, planned gift marketing, and capital campaign counsel. In recent years he has led capital campaigns for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship ($81 million), Union Rescue Mission ($83 million), The Bowery Mission ($27 million) and Veritas School ($5.3 million). He serves on the board of the Society for Classical Learning.
Brad received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Florida and his M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Wendy reside in St. Augustine, Florida and have four children. Brad enjoys running marathons, skiing, investing in real estate, entrepreneurship, and traveling with his family. Over the past 20 years, he has completed 45 marathons and recently completed an Ironman Triathlon.
Brad is the founder of Endless Summer Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage in St. Augustine, closing over $170 million in transactions in 2020. He is a founding parent and board member of Veritas Classical School, which has grown to over 110 students in three years, and launched an annual “Giving Day” in St. Augustine, which has become a platform for local nonprofits to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and establish relationships with new donors. His entrepreneurial success has allowed Brad to experience the joy of generosity, and gain a special understanding of the mindset of a major donor.
Dr. Jay Barber joined the FOCUS team as a senior consultant in early 2015 and is a senior fellow with the Murdock Charitable Trust, working with capacity building enrichment initiatives. Jay also currently serves as President Emeritus of Warner Pacific University after serving 12 years as president. Prior to serving as Warner Pacific’s president, he was vice president of development for Oregon Health and Science University where he directed the development of corporate, foundation and major gifts fund raising programs as well as the oversight of estate planning and planned giving.
Dr. Barber received his baccalaureate degree from Warner Pacific College where he later served on the Board of Trustees. He received his master’s degree from the University of San Francisco and a Doctor of Laws Degree (Hon.) from Anderson University. Jay and his wife Jan currently reside in Seaside, Oregon on the Oregon coast where Jay is currently serving as Mayor.
Vince Burens brings over 23 years of fundraising, strategic planning, and executive leadership experience to draw from in his work with The FOCUS Group. In over two decades with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), Vince held various roles including Director of Recruitment, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and ultimately CEO/President. During Vince’s time as CEO, he led a strategic planning process that catalyzed the organization to move from having a regional footprint to a national presence on over 150 campuses, in partnership with churches. During this expansion, he also led its first ever successful comprehensive fundraising campaign.
Vince has had the privilege of being one of Praxis Labs first Scale Fellows as well as being the Vice Chairman of The Pittsburgh Fellows program. He also serves on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations related to young adult faith and leadership development. He received his B.A. degree in Urban Development, Political Science, and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and has done graduate work at Trinity School for Ministry, where he is an adjunct professor. Vince and his wife, Lori, have 2 children: Mia and Tessa. Vince enjoys coaching soccer, having been a high-level club and high school coach for over twenty years. He is also a third generation winemaker and appreciates having a good walk spoiled by a round of golf
Askala Harris Calhoun, Consultant, has been a leader in fundraising for nearly a decade and has held leadership positions in major donor development, including for the University of Texas at Austin and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. She has a demonstrated history of excellence in fundraising, nonprofit organizational management, and nonprofit consulting including strategic planning, donor development and leadership and board development.
Having served in positions of executive leadership, on boards, and in volunteer roles with various organizations, Askala brings a unique perspective to the nonprofit sector and has used those experiences to help clients enhance their organizational infrastructure and financial sustainability. Residing in Fort Worth, TX, with her husband, Destry, she is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, and is active in lay leadership at the local, regional and national levels.
Ame Eldredge, Senior Consultant, first discovered a talent for training and development during her fifteen year career with Young Life, serving in several roles including Area Director, Regional Trainer and assisting in National Staff Training events. As a Regional Trainer, she helped field staff in Florida become proficient in fundraising, building support teams, financial management and donor relations. In addition to Young Life she has significant and varied experience in the nonprofit sector. Having served on staff with several organizations serving such populations as youth in crisis, the homeless and the uninsured, she brings an intimate knowledge of management and advancement matters in this arena. She currently serves on the board of Global Teams International.
Ame graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and has done graduate work through Fuller Seminary. Ame and her husband, Mark reside in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jim Eney has served on the Essentials Training Team at the Murdock Trust for 20 years coaching organizations in development. He also served on Young Life Staff for 30 years ending in his role as Senior Vice President in 2004 where he lead successful Capital Campaigns and implemented Taking Donors Seriously in areas and regions. Jim continues as counselor in development to many non-profits in his role as an Associate with the International Foundation.
Jim received a BA from the University of Washington 1974 History and an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary 1999. Jim resides in Portland Oregon with his wife Janet.
Justin Forbes has been involved in teaching and training for multiple years, working with nonprofit organizations, churches, and the national training department of Young Life. Having spent 10 years in the field with Young Life, Justin is experienced in recruiting, training, and developing teams that engage in volunteer development, fundraising strategies, and donor relations. He is passionate about developing a vision of donor development that engages donors in ministry, helping them participate in God’s work in the world. Justin holds degrees from Flagler College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Justin is on the local board for Young Life, loves his local church, and is kept busy by his wonderful six children and (not as wonderful) small dog. He and his wife, Bethany, live in St. Augustine Florida.
Zach Gurick, Senior Consultant, developed extensive fundraising and executive coaching expertise through 15 years in his former role as an Executive Director for a large non-profit ministry. He excels in recruiting and establishing strong teams, training and developing staff, engaging high-capacity donors, and leading towards a significant vision. He is passionate about strategic and professional development, and helping people and organizations flourish. Zach earned a B.S. from Coastal Carolina University while studying Biology and Chemistry before pursuing graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He currently lives in Naples, Florida with his wife, Blair, and their 3 young children.
Tom Macadam, Senior Consultant, Is an accomplished fundraising professional, with two decades of experience leading development efforts in non-profits focused on missions, higher education and publishing. His past roles include VP of Advancement for Slavic Gospel Association, VP of Stewardship for Moody Bible Institute, Regional Director of Development for Wheaton College, and Executive Director of Russian Leadership Ministries. Tom’s expertise includes providing fundraising counsel to nonprofit organizations, including promotional and marketing messaging, direct response fundraising strategy, major donor and planned gift development, and capital campaign counsel.
A graduate of Purdue University with a B.A. in Psychology, he earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois, College of Law. Tom is a licensed attorney, having practiced 14 years including roles as a senior executive and corporate general counsel for two technology and digital marketing services businesses. Tom lives with his wife Amy and five children in Colorado Springs, CO.
Evangeline Pattison, Consultant, brings over 15 years of nonprofit experience and a wealth of fundraising and project management knowledge to her role as Consultant. Her development and operations experience ranges from higher education to world missions, and from local to national organizations. Evangeline has served in a wide range of capacities, from Project Manager to Director of Development and Operations, and her insight and skillsets helps teams remove roadblocks and keeps projects on track.
Evangeline earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications from George Fox University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She lives in the Portland, Oregon area, and spends her time investing in friends and family, crewing for hot air balloons, and volunteering with the Don’t Give Up Movement.
Tom Ridington, Senior Consultant, Excels at responding to challenges with solutions that align with the mission, are attuned to the market, and advance the organization. Recognized for his ability to see through uncertainty and garner support for strategic action, he has served four higher education and community-based Christian institutions as well as thirty consulting clients. In addition, Tom is also a coach and mentor who is genuinely concerned for people and their development.
Tom earned his BA from Eastern University, an MAR from Palmer Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He and his wife, Meridith, reside in the Philadelphia area.
Ted Rodgers is a respected expert in fund development and philanthropy. His areas of expertise include major donor strategies, financial management, strategic planning, board development and estate and asset gift planning.
He earned a B.A. in Economics from Wheaton College and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Ball State University. Ted was granted an honorary doctorate from Moscow Theological Seminary in 2009. Widely respected as a presenter at professional meetings, he has been a member of several higher education accreditation teams. His executive leadership experience includes serving as Senior Vice President at Trinity International University, Executive Vice President at Northern Seminary and Executive Director/CEO of Russian Leadership Ministries. He is currently a Trustee and immediate past board chair at Northern Seminary.
Ted and his wife, Debbie, currently live in Wheaton, Illinois.
Scott Rodin, Senior Consultant & Chief Strategy Officer, has helped hundreds of organizations over the past thirty-eight years improve their effectiveness in leadership, fund development, strategic planning and board development. His work has impacted individuals, ministries and churches in the U.S., Canada, Middle East, Great Britain, China, Philippines and Australia.
He currently serves as a Senior Fellow of the Association of Biblical Higher Education and as board chair for ChinaSource. In addition, Dr. Rodin is past president of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Christian Stewardship Association.
Dr. Rodin holds a Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Systematic Theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He’s written fourteen books on stewardship and generosity, and speaks regularly at conferences, retreats and professional development events. He is married to Linda and they reside in Spokane, Washington.
Martha Shinn leverages her experience and wisdom to support her colleagues and our clients, helping them fulfill their missions. She retired from Flagler College after over 30 years of teaching and directing the college's Youth Ministry Program. Prior to that, Martha served as the Area Director for Young Life in St. Augustine. She actively serves her community as a member of the local Young Life Board in St Augustine, as a volunteer leader with Young Life Capernaum, and by volunteering with the homeless lunch program at her church. Martha and her husband Walt live in St Augustine and visit Virginia frequently to be with their son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren.
January 5, 2022
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January 6, 2022
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